Open with Restrictions

At FBC-O, we are doing everything we can to be compliant with all regulations and ensure your safety as we re-gather.

We will be adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Health, CDC, Church Mutual Insurance Company and the American Baptist Churches New York State office.

**We request that if you have health issues or other concerns related to gathering at this time, please remain at home. We will continue to provide Service on-line following the live Service for those who are not able to join us in the Sanctuary.   The online service will be available by Sunday evening at 7pm in most cases. Please allow time for editing and upload of the service recording.  Thank you for your understanding.

Given that attendance at FBC-O Sunday Services is a mix of unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals, For the safety of all participants and to follow the requirements issued by “Reopening New York”, below is a list of guidelines we will be following to enable us to worship safely:

¨ A greeter will meet you at the door, log your name and hand you a bulletin

¨ A table with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, tissues, bulletins and collection plate will be inside each door. Please place your tithes and offerings in the offering plate on the table. We will not be passing the plates during Service.  

¨ Face Coverings – fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks; however, As per the CDC update release of July 27, 2021, it is recommended that vaccinated individuals wear masks for gatherings in the Church Building regardless of local level of transmission, have health issues, are immunocompromised, or have a known exposure to someone with suspected, or confirmed, COVID-19 infection until they receive a negative test result.

¨ unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks. (if you forget yours, we will provide one; please do not give it back to us, take it with you)

¨ Hand sanitizer stations are located in the back of the sanctuary,  by the restrooms and by the back door

In the Sanctuary

– Not all pews can be used. The pews not available for seating have the cushions turned up. Pews available for seating are marked with a strip of yellow duct tape on the floor.

¨ Coffee, snacks and gathering  in our fellowship hall will not be available after service.

Please note that during this period:

Pastor Bill will maintain his regular weekly on-site office hours and continue to be available via personal phone when out-of-office.

Marilyn will continue to work in the Church Office to the extent possible. 

The Financial Team will ensure FBC-O financial obligations are addressed in a timely manner.

Due to the circumstances at hand, If you would like to mail your tithes and offerings into the church office, write your check out to First Baptist Church of Owego and mail to: 

       First Baptist Church of Owego

       228 Main Street

       Owego, NY 13827

please rest assured that we will be here to check the mail daily and process accordingly. 

Prayer Concerns, We need God’s direction during this time of transition. Contact us if you have a prayer concern or would like to speak with the Pastor

  • Our Country
  • Our President
  • Our Leaders
  • Our Families
  • Our Pastor
  • Those in Nursing homes and Shut-ins
  • Cure for Cancer
  • Cure for the Corona Virus and the many mutations that have not yet been discovered
  • Salvation and hope for the lost
  • Deliverance from addictions
  • All the victims and families of COVID-19
  • Praise for all of the COVID-19 survivors
  • Those on the front lines: Doctors, Nurses, EMT’s etc.
  • Those who are “Essential workers”
  • Praise – KIND project many donations, many blessings

The following groups are meeting regularly and following mask requirements and social distancing guidelines.

Golden Agers Group

Circles of Concern:

In-As-Much meets 2nd Wednesday at 10:30am in the SPOT; Sunbeam meets after

Bible Study & Prayer – every Tuesday @6:00pm SPOT. 

Joint Executive Council/Board of Managers – 3rd Sunday of the month after worship service

Deacons Board – 2nd Sunday of the month, Church Fellowship Hall following worship service.

Needle & Thread Missions Group [sleeping bags for the homeless] – 1st, 3rd and last Wednesday @10:00am – SPOT

ACT (Allied Christians of Tioga) Dinner ACT dinner will continue to be served from FBCO as “take away” every Thursday 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Rule 62 AA Group – every Friday 7:00pm till 8:30pm – Church Fellowship Hall

The K.I.N.D. Project

The KIND Project will continue with its mission during this COVID-19 period as there is an even greater need now for the products provided. Thank you for your continued prayers for KIND, the families it serves and thank you for blessing us with the many contributions that we have already received during this time of uncertainty. God is good!


On March 19th, the ACT Dinner transitioned from a sit-down event to a take-out/take-away operation. This approach continues here at FBC-O. Dinners will be brought from the FBC-O Kitchen by “runners” to the Church rear porch. The runners will be outfitted with protective accessories (mask, gloves).

The ACT Dinner will be served starting at 5:00pm from the FBC-O kitchen until such time the Methodist Church resumes its operation.

Similar to the KIND Project, COVID-19 or no COVID-19, people continue to have needs, and in this case, folks need to eat. It is great to have ACT at FBC-O as our Church was one of the original creators of this program!